Home > Health Information > Petitgrain

Petitgrain Essential Oil

Botanical Name – (Citrus aurantium, amara)
Part of plant used – leaf and twigs

Petitgrain possesses a lovely floral tone with a bitter note and is contained in many classic perfumes. The scent is a top to middle note. This essential oil also comes from the bitter orange tree (as does neroli). Petitgrain comes from the leaves and stems, neroli is derived from the flowers.

Emotional Applications

  • to become resourceful
  • to be more positive
  • empowerment in self and ability to empower others
  • nurturing
  • for anger – dab on wrists
  • for panic – dab on wrists
  • depression – dab on wrists

Physical Applications

  • Muscular pain and aches – massage, bath
  • Indigestion, flatulence, colic – massage abdomen clockwise
  • Insomnia – dab on wrists, bath
  • Excessive perspiration – compress, diluted in base cream
  • Oily hair/skin – topically diluted in vegetable based cream


  • Do not take internally.